Panel: Tell us when new subdivisions are coming
The Huntersville School Advisory Committee wants to know whenever a major subdivision is planned so it can recommend to the town board whether the town can handle the growth, chairman Charles Jeter said.
“If the town board doesn't include the impact of residential development on our schools, we will continue to have desperately overcrowded schools for decades to come,” Jeter, who also is a town commissioner, said in an e-mail newsletter last week. “Personally, I think this is a very important step in order to make sure the town becomes part of the solution to our roads and schools problems and stops being a part of the problem.”
At its Sept. 25 meeting, the committee formally recommended that the town notify it whenever a developer plans a major subdivision.
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Established in February, the committee recently concluded that seven schools need to be built in Huntersville in five to 10 years. The committee has identified available parcels so Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools “could get a jump start on getting these schools built,” Jeter said.
The committee meets again at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road. The committee will discuss needed road improvements for a proposed school on Stumptown Road across from the MacAulay subdivision.
Town shouldn't limit boats' horsepower, Rader says
Mooresville commissioner Frank Rader said he doesn't think the town should limit to 10 horsepower the engines of boats at launches under the town's control.
The town board will eventually be asked to consider such a limit when it decides whether to accept an “interlocal agreement” with Davidson regarding Lake Davidson preservation measures.
Davidson and Mooresville have discussed an agreement for several years that would make uniform the restrictions on boats docked at or accessing the lake. Discussions began when plans emerged for a large subdivision on the lake's north shore in south Iredell. Work on the development's 400 to 600 homes won't begin for several years, officials have said.
Davidson approved the agreement last year, but Mooresville postponed a decision to further examine the issue. That's when a “working group” of officials formed, including Rader and fellow Mooresville commissioner Miles Atkins.
If approved by Mooresville, the agreement would in part allow no put-in areas for boats with motors greater than 10 horsepower; most larger boats get on Lake Davidson from put-ins on the Mooresville side. It also would ban watercraft with motors greater than 10 horsepower from docking on the lake, except as authorized by police or fire officials.
Limiting engines to 10 horsepower “would be taking away a 45-year-old use,” Rader said. “Why would we do that? We better have a pretty good reason to do it.”
Since 1980, when development of Spinnaker Cove began on Lake Davidson, the Davidson Town Board has regulated the size of boat motors through zoning. Each subsequent town board conditioned approvals of Lake Davidson subdivision plans on the 10-horsepower limit.
Town to consider ordering Cherry Grove fixes
Town commissioners on Monday will consider ordering the developer of the Cherry Grove community to make about $80,000 in road, curb, sidewalk and storm drain improvements by Dec. 31 or the town will pull the developer's nearly $1 million in bonds.
Town commissioners agreed recently to a similar order against the developer of the Morrison Plantation community. Pulling a company's bonds hurts its ability to obtain financing for future projects.
Officials with Cherry Grove developer Rhein Interests of Charlotte LLC couldn't be reached Friday.
Monday's meeting is at 6 p.m. at town hall, 413 N. Main St.
How did Lake Davidson get its name?
Q. All of my Lake Norman maps refer to a Davidson Creek, but no Davidson Lake. The Web site for Duke Energy does not list a Davidson Lake within the Catawba lakes. So when did Davidson Creek become Lake Davidson? Is this some kind of factoid created by the town of Davidson?
Richard in Troutman
A. We e-mailed Dawn Blobaum, Davidson assistant town manager, who replied that without some research, she couldn't give facts to answer Richard's question.
“What we know is that Davidson Creek is a waterway that was part of the Catawba River watershed, and it became part of Lake Norman when LKN was created in 1964,” Blobaum said. “It apparently ran between what are now the Davidson Pointe and Ingersoll-Rand peninsulas.
“When I-77 was built in 1965, it cut off the areas to the east, except for relatively small culverts under the new interstate. Lore has it that the towns renamed those new bodies of water Lake Davidson and Lake Cornelius, but I don't have any research that verifies that,” Blobaum said.
“Duke Energy correctly considers Lake Davidson and Lake Cornelius part of Lake Norman. As do the towns,” she said.
“Whether called Davidson Creek, Lake Davidson or Lake Norman, the jurisdictional zoning regulations still apply. And again, we are not regulating the use of the water through zoning, we are regulating the use of the docks.”